01 Oct The more, the merrier…and the safer! Advocacy, Commuting 01 Oct, 2010 Us Open-Cycling Share this:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestMoreRedditLinkedIn « Prioritizing bike projects in RI TIP Blackstone Valley Bike Path to Expand in 2012 » 2 Comments barry Oct 1, 2010 at 11:27 am Portland OR had similar data indicating the more bicyclists, the safer per mile of bike travel. This is consistent with my anecdotal evidence that I feel safer on-road in the East Bay where thanks to the East Bay Bike Path the motorists are more used to and more courteous to bicyclists, than in my town of North Providence where there are no bike paths, fewer bicyclists. Labann Oct 2, 2010 at 4:00 am …and NO ALTERNATIVES in North Providence. I did post the only possible EW transit, but it's a gruesome mess of hills, speed bumps, and unmarked turns. Of course, statistical chart doesn't pinpoint causality. There has been a steady decline in motoring over the last 5 years due to global economic recession. Motoring fatalities are down to 35,000 in 2009 from 44,000 in 2005 after almost a million less accidents. Also, an aging population with average of 35 years also affects these figures. But, yeah, the more people who choose safer forms of transportation than individual motoring the better.